War of words over Knipe Point landslip

130508c  Artist Kane Cunningham, as further landslip this weekend  at the estate leaves his 'art house' and others literally on the edge.  Photo by Andrew Higgins 28/01/2013
130508c Artist Kane Cunningham, as further landslip this weekend at the estate leaves his 'art house' and others literally on the edge. Photo by Andrew Higgins 28/01/2013

The owner of a cliff-edge property at Knipe Point has hit back at claims by Yorkshire Water that their pipes are not to blame for landslips in the area.

Kane Cunningham says that a report by Ashton Bennett clearly states that leaking effluent from the water company’s pipes is the most likely source of the water issues.

However, in a recent statement, Yorkshire Water has said that evidence points to the landslips being an “act of nature”.

A spokesman said: “We’d like to reassure everyone concerned that our investigations show that our pipe is not to blame in any way for the recent land slippage.

“Indeed, we and other experts found the report to contain a number of discrepancies, flaws and speculative claims and assumptions that simply don’t hold up under close scrutiny.

“Our own checks have also confirmed that the water coming from the cliff is not potable water, meaning that it hasn’t come from any of our drinking water supply pipes in the area.

“Available evidence would seem to suggest that the landslip was simply an act of nature. Certainly this theory is supported by a larger, earlier study, conducted by the council, which concluded that this stretch of coastline is geologically active, leading to periodic landslips. We have liaised closely with the Knipe Point Residents Association since the report was first brought to our attention, and have offered to meet them to explain our conclusions in more detail.”

Mr Cunningham said: “The residents have never claimed it was drinking water, we have always maintained it is McCain’s effluent, or waste water which has escaped from broken pipes owned and maintained by Yorkshire Water.

“This is a different pipe system which serves only McCain’s effluent and which is pumped after treatment into the sea, a mile out into Scarborough Bay,”

• Grant funding for the relocation of at-risk residents to Saxon Park will be discussed at Scarborough Council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday at 10am.